A new mod for Skyrim lets players travel beyond the borders of Skyrim and explore Bruma, the north-most region in Cyrodiil, previously seen in Oblivion.
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In the dank underbelly of Riften, through the sewers that service the town and into the dripping cistern that the Thieves Guild calls home, is a man called Rune. He rises at 8am, stands about for most of the day until 10pm, and then goes to practise with his dagger on a dummy for a few hours until bedtime.
Bethesda Softworks is putting on an orchestral concert dedicated to the tunes of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
This all seems mighty familiar. The sun splits the trees to my right while long sprawling shadows are cast over the lake; fireflies flutter overhead, close enough to be plucked out of the air; a nearby waterfall cascades from a river hundreds of feet above.
UPDATE 2: It's confirmed that saves will transfer between vanilla Skyrim and Skyrim: Special Edition on PC.
Bethesda VP of PR and marketing Pete Hines confirmed the following on Twitter:
UPDATE: Bethesda has announced that if you own Skyrim on Steam and all its downloadable content, or if you own the Legendary Edition, you'll be upgraded to the Special Edition for free.
Earlier this week you might have seen Wes' post about hitting a potentially game-breaking bug after 91 hours spent playing Fallout 4.
Got a few hours spare? Bethesda's got you covered with a new Elder Scrolls Anthology pack for PC.
Imagine being 19 years old and coveting a job at Bethesda Game Studios, renowned maker of The Elder Scrolls series of RPGs and Fallout 3. What would you do? How could you get this most prestigious developer's attention?
Bethesda has announced the heavily-rumoured Skyrim: Legendary Edition.
It launches in Europe and Australia on 7th June for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 for £39.99.
The Legendary Edition includes all the downloadable add-ons, Dawnguard, Hearthfire and Dragonborn, and all the nifty added features implemented since the game's 2011 launch, including combat camera, mounted combat, the Legendary difficulty mode and Legendary skills.
Our friends at Eurogamer Poland have unearthed the Skyrim: Legendary Edition, which is said to contain the core game along with its Dawnguard, Hearthfire and Dragonborn DLC packs.
$300! I couldn't believe it. It's only 16 inches tall.
Go on, splash out!
Update: The UK release dates for Skyrim's PS3 DLC have been confirmed to follow a day behind their US counterparts. That means Dragonborn will be out on 13th February, Hearthfire on the 20th and Dawnguard on the 27th.
PS3 fans: Dawnguard and Hearthfire are heading your way - finally.
Update: When asked why Dragonborn would be coming out on all formats when the previous DLCs still hadn't made it on PS3, Bethesda responded, We think Dragonborn is our best add-on for Skyrim yet, and we didn't want fans to wait long, so that's our current focus. Each platform takes a lot of time and attention.
But where are all the other DLCs on PS3? Are they in the pipeline? As noted in our blog post, we're not done with content for Skyrim," said Bethesda. "When we're ready to share more details, we'll update everyone. I'm afraid that's all we're getting on the MIA DLCs for now.
Original Story: Bethesda has confirmed that Skyrim DLC Dragonborn will be released on PC and PS3 early next year.
New content is coming to the PC and PlayStation 3 versions of Skyrim, Bethesda has said.
Update: Spears! Source code reveller Mardoxx has uncovered evidence of spears in the Dragonborn DLC. What next - whips?!
The Skyrim Hearthfire downloadable content is now available to PC owners through Steam, Bethesda has announced.
If you can, own an Elder Scrolls game on PC - partly for the performance gains, but mostly for the mods. These fix, alter and improve the games in ways Bethesda wouldn't, or is too busy to.
Skyrim vampire add-on Dawnguard may never come to PS3, Bethesda forewarned overnight - and nor may the newly announced Hearthfire DLC, either.
Bethesda has insisted development of the Hearthfire DLC for Skyrim has not caused the delay of the Dawnguard add-on for PlayStation 3.
The annual QuakeCon extravaganza is rumbling away in Dallas, Texas, and Steam's having a Bethesda-related sale to mark the occasion.
The vampire-themed Skyrim DLC Dawnguard is now available on Steam. It costs £13.99 / $19.99.
Greek gorathon 300 - a film as famed for its washboard abs workouts as for its cinematic prowess - has been recreated really rather well using a modified version of Skyrim.
Skyrim patch 1.7 that fixes numerous bits and bobs is out now for all Steam users. Previously it was only available in beta form.
Bethesda also announced plans to submit the update to console manufacturers this week, so it should arrive on those platforms shortly. This is most exciting for Xbox 360 users as several of the bug fixes and updates are directly related to Kinect voice-functionality or the currently Xbox 360 exclusive Dawnguard DLC.
Speaking of which, no announcement has been made about just when Dawnguard will hit other platforms, but vice president of PR and marketing at Bethesda Pete Hines tweeted that more info will likely be revealed about that this week as its 30-day Xbox 360 exclusivity agreement is over.
Bethesda marketing chief Pete Hines took to Twitter last night to comment on the Dawnguard downloadable content. Fans had expected it to launch on PC and PlayStation 3 this week after 30 days of Xbox 360 exclusivity, in-line with previous Bethesda Game Studios DLC, but it did not.
"We have not announced Dawnguard for any other platform, nor given a timeline for any such news," he said. "If we have news, I promise I'd tell you."
Then: "I was simply stating that expecting/demanding something today is unfounded. Not that news is never coming."
The beta for Skyrim's upcoming 1.7 title update is available now on Steam, Bethesda has announced.
The patch will come to consoles next and include features PS3 players missed out on from the 1.6 update, like mounted combat.
Below is the full list of fixes:
Update: The list has been fleshed out with additional information from the person who unearthed this content from the Steam registry - NeoGAF forum poster PaulLFC.
Dawnguard, the first download add-on for Bethesda's world-conquering Skyrim, is a curious thing. Unlike the blockbuster ambitions of BioWare, Bethesda RPGs are more about place than plot. They're about roaming, poking around and seeing what happens, and the various quest lines are there to tug you in the direction of new places.
That's why Bethesda downloadable content usually introduces some new, separate area to explore, away from the main map. Dawnguard, in contrast, squeezes its handful of new locations into the tiny spaces not already occupied in Tamriel. That means that a lot of its impact relies on the story, and that's not the game's strongest suit.
You're tipped off about the Dawnguard in the usual gossipy ambient - a snatch of conversation, a hint from a talkative guard - and then you're off to the eastern edge of the map to sign up with this long-dormant band of vampire slayers. From there you investigate the activities of a local bloodsucker clan, and the larger story begins to unfurl. Soon enough you're given the chance to pick a side - sticking with the Dawnguard to keep Skyrim safe or succumbing to the promise of life as a Vampire Lord.
UPDATE 2: Bethesda has issued a note explaining how to access the Dawnguard content, and confirmed that player characters do not have to be level 10 or higher to enjoy it.
"Once Dawnguard is installed, if you're level 10 or higher you'll hear rumors about the Dawnguard from guards in major cities," Bethesda explained. "You may also be approached by a courier who will give you a note about the Dawnguard.
"Otherwise, if your character is below level 10 or you wish to find the Dawnguard on your own, you can seek out the Dawnguard headquarters roughly east/southeast of Riften. It can be reached by a small cave through the mountains."
The brilliant Lego Batman 2 has swooped down and taken the UK video game chart by storm, claiming the top spot all for its bricky masked self.
Hello you! Welcome back to normal service on the Eurogamer.net Podcast. After last week's brilliant Eurogameological crossover series with the Gameological Society's John Teti in LA, this week we're back in rainy/sunny Brighton with me, Oli Welsh and Robert "Bertie/Birdie" Purchese.
Half of one per cent of Skyrim Dawnguard beta applicants received invites, Bethesda has revealed.
Around 75 per cent of the total invitations went out yesterday, Bethesda Game Studios tweeted. The rest go out today.
Dawnguard is the first downloadable add-on for last year's phenomenally successful fantasy role-playing game The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim. Bertie checked it out at E3. Read his Dawnguard preview here.
The Skyrim 1.6 update is now live on Xbox 360, Bethesda has announced.
It brings mounted combat to the openworld fantasy role-playing game for the first time and implements a raft of bug fixes.
The beta update is already available on PC via Steam.
Blood-sucking new images to feed on.
In Dawnguard, you can become a Vampire Lord. If you choose to, that is. Hours in, you'll face a choice - do you want to be a Vampire Lord or do you want to join the Dawnguard, the vampire hunters? You'll hear about the new content through Skyrim's guards, who tell you the Dawnguard are recruiting. The content will be available early on in the Skyrim game, but the real meat won't begin until level 10.
In our E3 demo, we're already hours into the Dawnguard expansion, and we're a level 29 Vampire Lord. We're in a tomb with a woman called Serana, who's either a vampire or had a very late night, judging by her red eyes. The quest we activate and follow with her has us summon stony steps to a place called Soul Cairn. It's an eerie, otherworldly place that's almost black and white. Skeletons and ghosts and ethereal balls of light roam around, and lightning strikes around us. Serana, it comes to play, is a very important part of the puzzle to find an Elder Scroll - the main quest - and to thwart the Tyranny of Sun prophecy that will wipe the vampires out. We'll leave the spoilers there, not that we got much further in.
A Vampire Lord is different to a vampire in the normal Skyrim game. You shape-shift to become a Vampire Lord, a bit like becoming a Werewolf, and you can Revert Form if and when you like. A Vampire Lord has two arms and two bony wings that have sprouted from its gnarled and twisted back. It's a devilishly cool look. The Vampire Lord is primarily a caster, similar to how the Werewolf primarily uses melee. The Vampire Lord can hover and walk. When hovering, the Vampire Lord uses magical attacks. When walking - a state changed by clicking the left analogue stick - the Vampire lord swipes with its clawed hands. Holding down the left bumper has the Vampire Lord flap its wings and fly-sprint, and the effect can be sustained for a relatively long time. The Vampire Lord can also walk across water by virtue of its hovering.
Skyrim's Dawnguard DLC gets an Xbox 360-only beta run-out this Summer, developer Bethesda has announced.
Sign-up is now open over on the Dawnguard site, though you'll need to have an account for the official Elder Scrolls forums to put your name down.
Should you be picked out of the hat some time in the next week or so, you'll get early access to the entire expansion, Achievements and all, and will not have to pay for the privilege.
The Elder Scrolls Online doesn't look like Skyrim because it can't - MMOs can't yet replicate those sort of graphics on the scale they offer, insisted developer Zenimax Online.